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About El Torito Grill - Brea
El Torito Grill features specialty menu items created by the Company's executive chef, Pepe Lopez, including mesquite broiled fish and steaks, as well as Mexican combination platters. Salads and soups are also available for both lunch and dinner.
To compliment the range of specialty items, El Torito Grill offers a wide selection of upscale margaritas, in addition to a complete list of Mexican beers and cocktails.
Brea, CA 92821
Latin / Spanish, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Monday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 2:00pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 2pm- 10pm
9:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
El Torito Grill offers our catering services anytime anywhere with a great variety of plated luncheon or dinner as well as lavish buffets.
Whether you choose to host your next business or social event at a personal residence, outdoor locations or our beautiful restaurants, you may rest assured that any gathering with us is a truly fun and memorable event that suits your goals, occasion and budget.
Private Party Facilities:
Treat your guests to a FLAVOR EVOLUTION experience.
Private Party Contact:
Suzanne Ohman: (949) 306-2795
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
El Torito Grill - Brea Ratings and Reviews
We come to El Torito Grill in Brea a few times a year. I love the handmade tortillas that you will see being made as you walk in. The food is great. We enjoy the tableside made guacamole. The portions are not too large since this is an upscale Mexican restaurant. You won't find an unappetizing splat of rice and beans on your plate.
I loved it! Thought I'd never see another El Torito Grill since the Torrance location closed. I don't know why it closed, there's nothing like it available unless you're accustomed to it at home. Honey-butter with handmade fresh tortillas & mesquite salsa are just the free appetizers you get while you wait. I love that stuff - hot buttered tortilla. Then comes a favorite of mine- the chile relleno. But the way they do it is the bomb! When the fork breaks the skin, the cheese ooozes out and omg! Please don't close this place down. It's so worth the drive from L.A. Harbor. Black bean dip too. Blue corn enchiladas, pico De gallo (guacamole style). If you enjoy good South West / Mexican cuisine, this is the place
The restaurant was crowded that evening.
They seemed very short handed and our server never introduced himself or said he'd be right with us. We finally called a manager over to take our food order.
Our table seemed forgotten most of the meal when we asked for another napkin it never came, finally a bus boy bought us one after asking again. Overall service was bad and from here on in will only go in the bar for drinks and food.
Great time at the bar at happy hour. Bartender friendly and very accommodating !
Host came up to us at bar to say our reserved table was ready. We got there early to have a drink at the bar.
Food was excellent! We had a great time. My husband and we’re celebrating that he got a new job and starts on Monday!!
I use this app a lot. I typically have a great overall experience. However, this time was very upsetting. The service was terrible. We had to ask for things multiple times. Our server was nowhere to be found for quite some time. And even gave us the wrong bill at the end. Then to find out that the host never even checked us in for our reservation, when i saw her pull it up on the iPad, just topped it all off as an awful dinner. We will never go back here.
I have been here several times prior to this visit. I recommended this place so I can unite two families. We were greeted, seated and drink orders taken rather quickly. Appetizers came out equally as quick. When the entrees came out they looked as if they have been sitting under a heat lamp. The cheese in my enchiladas was cool and not cooked all the way through. The fajitas weren’t sizzling and we waited ten minutes after the entrees came for corn tortillas. Was not an enjoyable evening food wise.
The El Torito Grill used to be a "go to" place where you could count on good service and quality food. Over the past couple of years, service has been inconsistent and the food preparation has not met expectations. There always seems to be a mishap with our order including this most recent visit. And, this time, I noted that a server was moving a table next to us causing a plate to fall and shatter on the floor and no one bothered to sweep it up! There was glass all over the floor and folks were wearing sandals and open faced shoes. The host ended up seating a party at the table where this occurred. Not sure if I'm ready to give ET Grill another chance.
I recently had my Mother's Birthday Dinner at El Torito Grill in Brea. Had a great experience before. We had a total of 12 people. Our server did not come to our table that often at all and there was even a time that maybe he was gone for 30-40 minutes to check up on us. Some of our guests had to go in the back to get refills by themselves. The server was really nice but not attentive to our table. After we were finished with our food everyone waited almost another 30 minutes till I got up and looked for our server who I ended up asking another worker to get him. Waited a while to get the check back and still ended up getting the to-go boxes on our own in the back.
PS. Please please please put on the menu that all of the food is served with cotija cheese. I do not know many people who like that kind of smelly cheese. Its basically the same as putting parmesan cheese on Mexican food. Most people are not fans and its unfortunate to remake a dish if the menu doesn't have all of the ingredients that is on top of the food.
Most of our food was warm but not hot, and all of the tortillas were cold and was not replaced during our meal. It was very nice to have the staff put my cake in the fridge and bring plates and flan for my mother. Maybe it was an off day but I do like the normal El Torito in Orange.
I used Open Table to reserve seats
I noted on the reservation it was my sons birthday
Dinner service was slow. Then we got our chicken fajitas. Wow six strips of chicken.
Then the Waiter disappeared
We figured they must be getting the crew together for the birthday thing-
Nope when he reappeared he walked up and handed us the bill-
We just figured it’s time to go
Then to top it off they reported to Open Table we never arrived for the reservation
Made it for 6pm
First time there. Food was very good. Had the chicken Mole and it was excellent. Mole sauce seasoned great for my taste. What was a pleasant surprise was the tortillas. They have an open station in the restaurant where staff have the equipment to make fresh ones. You get hot fresh tortillas to your table. The hot ones were almost the best part of the meal. And their complimentary to boot
We had a wonderful time at El Torito Grill in Brea. Our server was excellent (I'm sorry I can't remember her name) She was super friendly, helpful, and fast. The food was tasty and came out in a timely manner. We were there for a birthday, and they helped our table sing and celebrate very well. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Walked in to find out that my open table reservation was not found in the system, they were still able to see us with a very minor wait. We had sat down to find out that we didn't have an assigned waiter, a different waiter picked up the slack and we enjoyed a dinner. Minus drink mixups and last of silverware all work out my the end of the evening.
Love El Torito!. Used the on-line reservation for this occasion because we had a party of 8. I confirmed our reservation when I arrived, but unfortunately was forgotton. Waited about 45 minutes and was finally asked by a "seater" whether we had checked in. Walk-in are placed on a written list. On-line reservations are on a ipad that apparently isn't checked again after you arrive
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